SolarCity VP sympathizes with SRP customers; casts doubt on utility’s reasoning

David Arfin, vice president of customer financing for SolarCity, the largest installer of solar power units in Arizona and California, told Fireitup today that the Phoenix-based utility SRP’sclaim to have reduced incentives for solar systems partly because of“falling solar prices” fails to take into account normal seasonalfluctuations.

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SolarCity VP, David Arfin

“It is true gross cost of systems has come down slightly since theend of 2008,” wrote Arfin in an Email, “but it’s difficult to predictwhat will happen this summer, when demand for solar is typicallyhigher.”

Arfin, who was in Phoenix recently for a “Solar Summit” hosted by Greentech Media, also said he sympathized with SRP customers affected by the cuts.

A spokesman for APS, the largest supplier of electricity in the state, told the Arizona Republic that his company is not considering following SRP’s example.

“We don’t have any plans on pulling back, no plans tolower it, have not thought about it and are not talking to theCommission about it,” APS spokesman Steven Gotfried said. “We arelooking for more incentives to add solar.”

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